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Prepared Families Deal with Power Outages

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Tonight, thousands of residents in towns across Western Mass are still waiting for the lights to come back on. But some families are more than prepared to weather the storm.

“We have our candles, we don’t have a generator or anything, but we were able to escape to my mom’s for a little while to take showers and come home in time for bed,” says Melanie Murdock, who lost power to her Southampton home around 4:30 p.m. “The girls are actually excited because they get to have a sleepover in the living room with all the candles and we’re playing games like we’re on Little House on the Prairie.”

This isn’t the first time the Murdock’s have lost power in their Southampton home. In fact, they’ve got power outage preparation down to a science.

“The good thing is last year’s storm in October, it was so cold; this year it’s obviously more bearable because the weather’s been decent,” says Murdock. “So we cranked the heat up earlier today to a pretty warm temperature, knowing that if it did drop, the house would stay warm for a little while.”

“I made sure that we all charged all of our electronics and stuff charged before,” says Melanie’s daughter Ainsley Murdock. “But, there’s always a part of us that always looks forward to power outages, because we light all the candles and all sit in one room, just to talk.”

On Monday evening, the Murdocks were one of hundreds in Southampton without power, and one of about 2o,000 across Western Mass.

They don’t know when the lights are supposed to come back on, but Melanie is prepared for another few days.

“We’ve got water and dry food and our neighbors have generators, so we know that if we need a bathroom, we can run over there, so we’ll be able to make it.”

The utility companies have plenty of crews responding to tonight’s power outages. But right now, they’re still battling high winds, and some outages are just too dangerous to respond to tonight.


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